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You really want to get a pet and you have heard that there are some dog and cat breeds that might be hypoallergenic. So whats the best breed?

Stuffed animals make the best hypoallergenic pet. I'm not talking about the kind you hunt -- I'm talking about the kind you buy at the toy store. The reason being there is no pet that is 100% hypoallergenic.

A bald cat -- you have seen the pictures -- the hairless dog, these are not really 100% allergen-free.

In fact, the hypoallergenic pet is one of the biggest myths around, according to Dr. Nabeel Farooqui, an allergist at The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center. All pets can cause allergy issues in some humans.

They have issues

Dander in pet fur can be an issue but other proteins cause allergic reactions as well.

Do you love those wet sloppy kisses? How about accidents in the house? Cat got your tongue? I hope not because If you are in contact with saliva and urine the proteins in both of those can cause allergic reactions.

It's not all doom and gloom for cat lovers though -- there is a cat allergy cure on the horizon. In March The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology reported on a vaccine that had no serious side effects and reduced the skin reaction by 40% with just one injection. I know you are itching to get your hands on it, but be patient. It still requires more testing.

So maybe you already own a pet and know the risks or want to get a pet despite the allergic reaction. Here are some tips that might at least lighten some of the symptoms.

  • Start by washing them. That means often. Keep your pet as clean as possible.
  • Use a HEPA air filter and vacuum bags to clean the air and filter out irritants a regular vacuum cleaner does not catch.
  • Let them run around a great deal outside, since that reduces shedding inside.

Good luck, and have fun with your pet!

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